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Not everyone has the luxury of living on a lot of land where they can grow their own vegetables. People who have to live close to the city have less chance of having a decent-sized chunk of land where they can plant and grow till their heart is content.
Thanks to Willem Van Cotthem, a botany professor at the University of Ghent in Belgium, you can grow your very own veggies even if you have a small yard, but using his “bottle tower method.”
The method, which is sustainable and inexpensive, allows you to make great use of what little space you have. And all you need are a few pots, buckets, and plastic bottles
Here is a step-by-step guide to creating your own bottle tower method…
Begin by cutting the bottom part of the first bottle. Leave the lid screwed on the top. Next, use scissors or another sharp object to perforate the wall of the bottle, 2 to 4 inches from the top of the lid.
To make a drainage hole, cut diagonally across the bottle. The purpose of these holes is to allow surplus water to drain out of the container.
Fill 1 to 2 inches of the bottle with potting soil.
Congratulations! You’ve built the base of your tower.
Remove the lids from the next three bottles. Cut their bases and fill with potting soil. Now stack all four bottles, using simple wires to keep the tower standing.
When you are satisfied with the height of your tower, push the bottleneck of a bottle without a lid into the soil of the top bottle. This will be your funnel.
A final bottle topping the funnel will act as a water tank. In this final bottle, make a very small hole in the lid. It is best to use a drill to make a 1 mm opening, through which water can slowly run. This is effective because water gradually runs from the water tank into the funnel, moving slowly through the entire tower and moistening the soil.
Once your tower is constructed, it’s time to plant your seeds.
Using a sharp knife, cut a small, three-sided “window” into the bottles below the funnel and water tank. With your finger, push into the soil creating a vacant space where seedlings can be planted.
Before you know it, new roots will form, young plants will grow, and you’ll have fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and rosemary with every meal!
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